endobj The composite technology hub will develop fan blades and fan cases which significantly reduce weight in a jet engine, lowering fuel consumption and emissions. MATERIALS, MANUFACTURING AND TEST DEVELOPMENT OF A COMPOSITE FAN BLADE LEADING EDGE SUBCOMPONENT FOR IMPROVED IMPACT RESISTANCE Katherine M. Handschuh 2, Sandi G. Miller1, Matthew J. Sinnott , Lee W. Kohlman1, Gary D. Roberts 1, J. Michael Pereira , and Charles R. Ruggeri1 1NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH 44135 2NASA LERCIP Intern, NASA Glenn … The new carbon composite fan blades will debut in the GE9X, according to a GE Reports article. will develop & produce a new all-composite engine fan blade to reduce emissions. At Hartzell, we pull carbon fiber socks over a solid foam core, then inject resin with a vacuum pump and cure the blade after it’s put into the mold and pressure is applied. At the beginning of 2021, Aviation Week Fleet & … A&P's solution for this requirement was ingenious. After it is shipped to the component fabricator, the preform is simply wound onto the mandrel of a mold tool, where it is impregnated with resin via resin transfer molding (RTM) or vacuum-assisted RTM (VARTM), whichever is chosen by the part manufacturer. <>>> The paper layers are positioned on two opposite faces of the foamed layer respectively. Triaxial braiding provided an automated method of laying up the fibers in the correct orientation. A FBO event may be caused by fatigue failure Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG) is a premier supplier of wind blades and other composite components to the wind energy industry. The operating conditions and the major material indices which influences the performance The hardwall concept enables designers to improve engine aerodynamics by building a case with a smaller radial envelope, since no "dead" space is required for deflection of an aramid wrap. Safran and Albany inaugurate third composite fan blade production plant for LEAP engine, in Mexico Querétaro (Mexico), February 21, 2018 Safran and Albany inaugurated today, in Mexico, a third joint manufacturing plant to make composite parts for the LEAP aircraft engine. as well as numerous destructive and non-destructive testing technologies. Two softwall structures were manufactured during the earlier program phase. A pressure difference is produced between the forward and rear surfaces of the airfoil-shaped blade, and a fluid (such as air or water) is accelerated behind the blade. Results were used to analyze and predict the blade dynamics during a blade out event, as well as to predict the impact events. axial flow fan impellers, composite structural design, raw materials, fabrication process and performance evaluation was provided by the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai. There are three types of composite manufacturing processes: open molding, closed molding and cast polymer molding. We focus on consistency and quality control across our facilities, using hands-on training methods and employing repeatable manufacturing processes. A&P's fan case braiding system enables formation of a reinforcement preform that conforms to a fan case design profile and maintains its cross-sectional geometry during shipping and handling, prior to molding. The key component is its reinforcement, a triaxial braid developed by A&P. The technology has been mature *inside GE*.The ability to make large CFRP fan blades is a huge piece of valuable intellectual property for GE and they're not sharing.PW and RR had to re-engineer how to do it all while maintaining their Ti blade production. Background To conduct this study, GEC has assembled a project team that includes experts in all areas of wind turbine blade design, analysis, manufacture, and testing. Passive damping concepts were first validated on carbon fibre reinforced epoxy composite plates and then implemented in a 1:5 model of an open rotor blade manufactured by resin transfer moulding (RTM). This arrange- ment permits the lengths of individual axial tows, which become the hoop fibers in the finished case, to be drawn at different rates from their spools. A ceiling fan blade includes a foamed layer, two paper layers, and two cover layers. Materials, Manufacturing and Test Development of a Composite Fan Blade Leading Edge Subcomponent for Improved Impact Resistance Application of polymer matrix composite materials for jet engine fan blades is becoming attractive as an alternative to metallic blades; particularly for large engines where significant weight savings are recognized on moving to a composite structure. This was accomplished, in part, by integrating reliable composite material models into the explicit finite element codes currently used for blade-out analysis on metal-based cases, to adapt them for impact simulation scenarios with composite containment cases. Encouraged by this success, NASA will test a full-size case in a later phase of the program. Innovative use of carbon-fiber braid yields a ductile structure that resists blade impact. Other equipment for blade manufacture includes a new five-axis machining system for drilling, milling and sawing of the composite blade root area. stream There has been an evolutionary change in the design, size, structures, materials, and manufacturing process of fan blades over the past few decades. In fact, composite fan blades have certain advantages for blade-off failures. Together, the projectors and software simplify and accelerate manual composite layup processes. commercial systems have limited composites to fan blades and fan cases. Besides, the present invention is made of foam material and paper instead of steel bars, so the ceiling fan blade is light-weighted (about 40-50 g). GKN took over Filton wing component and assemblies manufacturing unit and Filton-West is their new production plant making wing spars and trailing edge for A350. Pultrusion. Composites are, after all, the only material that that is made as the part is made, and when you consider the host of fibers, resins and manufacturing processes available, the complexity can be a blessing and a curse. They represent the first redesign in a decade. United States Patent Application 20110038732 . However, there is the risk that the broken blade may pass through the engine, with the potential for secondary damage well in excess of that experienced in the softwall design. Carbon fiber is on the order of 2.5 times less dense than the Titanium used on older fan blades. Processes. Process steps for fan-blade development in ASC’s PDC include 3-D weaving of the preform (pictured here); forming and drying of the preform; placement of the shaped preform into the RTM tool (next photo); tool insertion into the press and injection of heated resin, followed by cure; demold of the still hot part (thrid photo down) and final finishing operations. Cost analysis of composite fan blade manufacturing processes. After cure is complete, it is removed from the mold, and refined to precise standards. Nick Kray is no Picasso, yet his work is on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Examples of companies investing in manufacturing R&D in the UK include: Clipper Windpower - 7�bs����� Fan blades are among the most important components of an aircraft engine. Naval architects reveal design, tooling and material selection guidelines for a new sportfishing powerboat. 1 0 obj MATERIALS, MANUFACTURING AND TEST DEVELOPMENT OF A COMPOSITE FAN BLADE LEADING EDGE SUBCOMPONENT FOR IMPROVED IMPACT RESISTANCE Katherine M. Handschuh 2, Sandi G. Miller1, Matthew J. Sinnott , Lee W. Kohlman1, Gary D. Roberts 1, J. Michael Pereira , and Charles R. Ruggeri1 1NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH 44135 2NASA LERCIP Intern, NASA Glenn … As the capstan turns, the tows that form the braid are drawn from spools through the braiding apparatus. Out-of-autoclave prepregs: Hype or revolution? Materials, Manufacturing and Test Development of a Composite Fan Blade Leading Edge Subcomponent for Improved Impact Resistance Application of polymer matrix composite materials for jet engine fan blades is becoming attractive as an alternative to metallic blades; particularly for large engines where significant weight savings are recognized on moving to a composite structure. This is the question being answered by A&P Technology (Cincinnati, Ohio) and the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC, Cleveland, Ohio) in a project funded by the NASA Aviation Safety and Security Program. 4 0 obj 3 0 obj COMPOSITES MANUFACTURING Materials, Product, and Process Engineering The objective of this project is to design, perform structural analysis and optimization of a Composite fan blade. A two-step process was proposed for the structural integration of the damping devices into a full composite fan blade. Fan Blades Composite fan blades are without question one of the greatest innovations in fan blade technology. The braid is designed so that, when flattened, it is the correct width to cover the developed length of the fan case and the flanges. endobj The foamed layer is formed by foaming a polystyrene material. In this way a component with varying diameters along its length can have a reinforcement with straight hoop fibers at all points, including the most critical area of the flanges. Lightweight, increased engine thrust and efficiency, low-operating-cost, and laminar airflow into the engine are som… Various infusion processes will provide a method of impregnating the resin into the fibers at minimum recurring cost. The engineering and manufacturing development of the wide chord hollow titanium fan blade is described by Miller (1996) as, “an excellent example of simultaneous engineering-design for a controllable manufacturing process as well as for product duty.” It is also noteworthy that the hollow titanium fan blade design and development began at the time that the original RB211 PMC fan blade … In conclusion, the ceiling fan blade of the present invention is much easier to manufacture, so manufacturing process is simplified and speeded. The fan blades of GE90 are 1.2m long. The technology has been successfully demonstrated for the hardwall-type case and may find its first application on a turbofan jet engine built by Williams International (Walled Lake, Mich.). It is designed to permit a broken blade to pass through its aluminum component, where it is stopped and contained within the external aramid fiber wrap. GEnx carbon fiber composite fan blades. Home | CFAN is a 50/50 Joint Venture between GE Aviation & Safran Aircraft Engines of France, which was created to introduce composite fan blades in a GE90 Engine that powers the Boeing 777. There are two approaches to blade containment currently in common use. <> GKN took over Filton wing component and assemblies manufacturing unit and Filton-West is their new production plant making wing spars and trailing edge for A350. manufacturing process modelling as an enabler of extremely light weight designs. MAG also offers metal machining equipment that enables “multitasking” finishing capability for all of the numerous metal components of a wind turbine, reports Curless. It is designed to permit a broken blade to pass through its aluminum component, where it is stopped and contained within the external aramid fiber wrap. In addition, research was begun on methods used to analyze and test metal-based designs to adapt them for use with composite case designs. A decade ago, MoMA’s design collection picked up a composite fan blade from the GE90 jet engine that Kray helped create. The super plies and drop off pliesrequired are shown.• A sizing optimization is performed for minimum weight. %PDF-1.5 The foamed layer is formed by foaming a polystyrene material. The complicated paths taken by the blade — involving not only their linear speed and direction but rotational motion as well — are then used as the basis for determining the impact scenario in the ballistic tests. Innovative use of carbon-fiber braid yields a ductile structure that resists blade impact. There are two approaches to blade containment currently in common use. In fact, composite fan blades have certain advantages for blade-off failures. The progressive damage analysis of the composite fan blade shows that ply damage is initiated at a speed of 4870 rpm while blade fracture takes place at 7640 rpm. Pultrusion is an automated process that allows the continuous production of carbon profiles (24/7 production). Also, the cost is reduced. Home | CFAN is a 50/50 Joint Venture between GE Aviation & Safran Aircraft Engines of France, which was created to introduce composite fan blades in a GE90 Engine that powers the Boeing 777. This technology is being applied to large fan cases, up to 9.1m/3 ft in diameter, manufactured by the RTM process. Together, the projectors and software simplify and accelerate manual composite layup processes. Each blade requires 340 hours of manufacturing. Because the application of this technology is targeted at a number of different engine companies, each with its own supply base, NASA needed an automated method of laying up a robust preform that subsequently could be shipped to a variety of composite fabricators for conversion into a composite component. The structural evaluation of the composite fan blade indicates that the blade would buckle at a rotor speed that is 3.5 times the design speed of 2000 rpm. This was undertaken by Kelly Carney at NASA and Wieslaw Binienda at The University of Akron (Ohio), using LS-DYNA, a unique analytical code developed by Livermore Software Technology Corp. (Livermore, Calif.). A propeller is a type of fan that transmits power by converting rotational motion into thrust. The molding was undertaken by North Coast Composites (Cleveland, Ohio). However, today’s composite manufacturing processes features layers in different directions to absorb the required stresses and loads. NASA is planning to perform impact testing and post-impact loading on composite fan cases from the SBIR program. The project involved improvisation of fan design by selecting the most appropriate aerodynamic blade … fan blades composite blade axial Prior art date 2007-12-10 Application number PCT/EP2008/067098 Other languages French (fr) Other versions WO2009074568A3 (en Inventor Ettore Giorgi Marco Besani Original Assignee Cofimco S.R.L. Priority date (The priority date is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. A two-step process was proposed for the structural integration of the damping devices into a full composite fan blade. NASA GRC's materials research engineer Gary Roberts led a research project to develop the new generation of composite fan case materials, to demonstrate improved containment capability and damage tolerance for composite materials; demonstrate commercial feasibility; and mitigate the risk of using the new composite technology. Lengthy and expensive financial challenges, Rolls remains bullish about the long-term market for the Trent 1000. In many low cost composite manufacturing instances reliability is performed as a subjective and qualitative step rather than incorporating a quantifiable reliability metric. During engine shut down, typically 15 seconds, cracks can propagate rapidly in the fan case from the damage caused by the impact of the broken blade. manufacturing process; Ply failure analysis, and static and dynamic analyses results of the initial composite design. x��][s�Ʊ~W����ݔa� \�T��(��ɩSvV$H�����������s��#:q�r��3===�=�_c�>�ۭ�W���7�y�l�[�^g�OOnn����������b}�ڭo����ϫU������oN�ʷ���^W'�1z�UJ�]W���Nࡦ��?�{�����X�ay�-�_����/�-[�,��ZT���\/�b7�-�$}DB�G�|�T��x��C+�H,6�i���� �au��O��%4�{��ek>����À=S�k�����,���̳���q��;�����r8ū8>�ES���Liԏp� 6�'� The completed, preform is then transferred from the capstan to a lightweight cylinder for transport to the fan case fabricator. One, the softwall fan case, features a casing of aluminum, over-wound with dry aramid fibers. A&P's triaxial braid, however, is formed in close proximity to the capstan, as it is being wound onto the capstan. Kind Code: A1 . Cost analysis of composite fan blade manufacturing processes eBook: NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Amazon.in: Kindle Store One of the many challenges facing the jet engine designer is to contain a failed fan blade within the engine, so that it threatens neither passengers nor airframe. If the fan case were to fail completely, then the consequences for the engine and aircraft could be catastrophic. 8,000 blades per year are produced by hand layup from the jointly GE/Safran owned CFAN facility in San Marco, Texas. A&P Technology's Mike Braley demonstrated the containment capability, damage tolerance and commercial feasibility of a braided reinforcement during a NASA-sponsored SBIR Program. endobj Composites manufacturing processes usually involve multiscale models in both space and time, highly non-linear and anisotropic behaviors, strongly coupled multiphysics and complex geometries. 1$6$ 67, 3URJUDP LQ 3UR¿OH 6LQFH LWV IRXQGLQJ 1$6$ KDV EHHQ GHGLFDWHG WR WKH DGYDQFHPHQW RI DHURQDXWLFV DQG VSDFH VFLHQFH 7KH 1$6$ 6FLHQWL¿F DQG 7HFKQLFDO ,QIRUPDWLRQ 67, SURJUDP SOD\V … Optimization results of the composite blade design Impact tests need to be performed in a manner that replicates the blade-to-case impact dynamics that are likely to occur in an actual engine blade failure. manufacturing processes, and structural designs that may overcome those constraints. There are a variety of processing methods within these molding categories, each with its own benefits. Safran and Albany inaugurate third composite fan blade production plant for LEAP engine, in Mexico Querétaro (Mexico), February 21, 2018 Safran and Albany inaugurated today, in Mexico, a third joint manufacturing plant to make composite parts for the LEAP aircraft engine. GE has had a history with composite fan blades on the GE90 series of engines since the early 1990s for the B777 programme, although these have always had a very high labour content within their manufacturing processes. The cover layers are positioned on the paper layers respectively so that each paper layer is sandwiched between the foamed layer and one of the cover layers. Section 4.0 describes the ply lay-up tailoring using optimization methods, along with the mathematical optimization problem formulation. Data from these tests will further validate the fidelity of the composite material models and design tools being developed by researchers. However, today’s composite manufacturing processes features layers in different directions to absorb the required stresses and loads. They are part of the fourth generation of such blades and will also have improved aerodynamics. Composite fan blade containment case. Such cases are usually constructed with a honeycomb cored sandwich structure. The blade’s onyx black sinuous curves are pleasing to look at, but for Kray they are no longer state of the art. Other composite manufacturing processes: infusion, RTM, hot pressing, etc. Automated tape laying and automated fiber placement technologies take a key enabling role in production of today’s — and tomorrow’s — composite-airframed commercial jets. Researchers at the University of Akron (Ohio), Ohio State University and Arizona State University have provided critical support for the NASA research. Alternative foam cores are now being studied to determine if they will perform correctly during infusion and impact tests. The length of each tow is determined independently of the others, as it is drawn around the capstan's cir-cumference. The French aerospace company was experienced in making high-tech composites. It's also an extremely different process than building Ti blades; most OEM's don't have the resources to be developing both at the same time. NASA GRC began research on impact testing and analysis of engine fan case structures in 1994 as part of the Enabling Propulsion Materials (EPM) Program. 5 Axis OneCNC CAD CAM CNC Turbine Blade Manufacture - Duration: 4:18. OneCNC CAD/CAM 52,542 views. Furthermore, the triaxial fiber architecture limits linear crack propagation, confining failure to very limited regions. Some example compressor blades may include a composite blade panel including an airfoil having a span extending radially outward with respect to an axis of rotation and/or a blade attachment feature radially inward from the airfoil with respect to the axis of rotation. At Hartzell, we pull carbon fiber socks over a solid foam core, then inject resin with a vacuum pump and cure the blade after it’s put into the mold and pressure is applied. will develop & produce a new all-composite engine fan blade to reduce emissions. A further program goal was to identify new nondestructive evaluation (NDE) and nondestructive inspection (NDI) methods for the braided composite structures. Safran and Albany inaugurated Feb. 21, in Querétaro, Mexico, a third joint manufacturing plant to make composite parts for the LEAP aircraft engine. ... GEnx carbon fiber composite fan blades. After the initial blade impact test, the fan case will be loaded in a manner similar to that experienced during the post blade-loss regime. It's well understood that composites manufacturing in general can be a complex and complicated process. Compressor blades constructed of composite materials are disclosed. The Ballistic Impact Laboratory facilities at NASA were used to test various metallic materials and structural concepts for a lightweight fan containment case. What is Aeroengine Fan blade? Process steps for fan-blade development in ASC’s PDC include 3-D weaving of the preform (pictured here); forming and drying of the preform; placement of the shaped preform into the RTM tool (next photo); tool insertion into the press and injection of heated resin, followed by cure; demold of the still hot part (thrid photo down) and final finishing operations. The GEnx engine fan blades that power the Boeing 787 and Boeing 747-8 aircraft also use carbon fiber composite materials. Because the part profile varies in diameter, particularly in flange areas, hoop (circumferential) fiber lengths in the fan case should differ. The key material properties are the ductility of the metal cases and, in the case of the softwall system, the energy absorbing capabilities of the aramid fibers. It is expected that the CFRP case will be more successful than the metal case, with the naturally good crack resisting properties of the braided structure being sufficient to maintain the case's residual integrity. The composite blade 10 manufacturing process begins with the cutting of material into the proper ply section 40a-40g shapes which when positioned properly in the tooling 420, using the method of the present invention, will compact under heat and pressure to produce a composite blade 10 in accordance with the embodiments of the present invention as described above. The other type, the hardwall fan case, is aluminum only and is designed to reflect the blade back into the engine. A comparison of the hole sizes generated in a composite panel with that in the datum aluminum panel (representing a typical metal fan case) was very encouraging, since the much smaller hole created in the CFRP structure indicated that there would be a reduction in the stress level in a blade-damaged CFRP fan case, when out-of-balance loads were inflicted by an asymmetric fan. Abstract: The disclosed composite airfoil includes a three-dimensional composite core extending longitudinally and having a chord-wise direction. The relative manufacturing costs were estimated for large high technology fan blades prepared by advanced composite fabrication methods using seven candidate materials/process systems. To manufacture the composite fan blade, GE teamed up with Snecma of France to create CFAN in 1993 located in San Marcos, Texas. ATL and AFP: Defining the megatrends in composite aerostructures. A large number of experimental and computational analysis have been carried out in engine fan blades, which have resulted in a change in design and efficiency of blades. Hybrid, large-format additive tooling: Lighter, faster, less costly molds for big parts, Composites activity expansion quickens in October, Composite Bonding & Repair Benefits and Solutions, How Digital Cutting Technology Reduces Costs and Improves Flexibility, Revisiting the Fundamentals of Light Resin Transfer Molding (LRTM). 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Existing GE engines that incorporate carbon composite fan blades are the company's GE90-94B, GE90-115B, and GEnx engines. This would preclude the use an infusion process. It has leveraged the success of this product to introduce additional fan blades on the GEnx Engines that power the Boeing 787 and Boeing 747-8. Materials, Manufacturing, and Test Development of a Composite Fan Blade Leading Edge Subcomponent for Improved Impact Resistance NASA/TM—2015-218340 February 2015 . Meanwhile, a third program phase has been initiated to further explore the manufacture of softwall fan cases. After an engine loses a blade, the loads on the fan case rise, well above those experienced in normal flight, due to the fan imbalance. <> Each blade uses hand-laid carbon fiber prepreg as many as 1700 layers, and then it is cured and finished with an autoclave. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the … The braid architecture is very resistant to delaminations between plies. Therefore, if a conventional woven cloth or even a piece of pre-made braid were used, in which the axial or longitudinal fibers would be identical in length across the material width, then the perform would tend to wrinkle where the case diameter narrowed. Development of a fan blade is comparable to a future large aircraft engine fan blade. The capstan is rotated until the required number of plies for each preform is achieved, typically 10, but equivalent to 20 plies of woven material, because the flattened tube forms two layers. The process of making a composite propeller blade today is an exacting and high-tech process. A blade for a fan is formed by rotomolding around a pre-positioned support member, part of which extends out of the mold, the support member being shaped, or being provided with one or more projections, which are partly embedded in the plastic material forming a skin of the fan blade. Five stacks are adopted here. Source: A&P TechnologyComparison of blade-out damage shows a much larger puncture in an aluminum test panel (left) than a carbon braid-reinforced composite test panel. #aeroengines #aramidfiber #ndi. Development of a fan blade is comparable to a future large aircraft engine fan blade. TPI’s extensive experience in high-volume high-quality wind blade production gives us a uniquely innovative and detailed application of the design for manufacturing process in collaboration with its customers. Rolls-Royce has already conducted blade-off and birdstrike tests for this blade which have proved the concept. <>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB/ImageC/ImageI] >>/MediaBox[ 0 0 612 792] /Contents 4 0 R/Group<>/Tabs/S/StructParents 0>> In a third SBIR effort, A&P Technology is currently partnered with engine manufacturers to apply the braided composite materials to specific fan case designs and their individual performance requirements. Aeroengine Fan blades are among the most important components of an aircraft engine. NASA research into both softwall and hardwall configurations has led to a new generation of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP), which promises to match the strength and ductility properties of a ductile metal casing but at a much lower weight. Although the process can incorporate a variety of fiber and resin types, the materials used in the program were T-700 12K carbon fiber, supplied by Toray Composites America (Tacoma, Wash.), and EPON 862 bisphenol F-based epoxy resin, a toughened system (10 percent elongation) formulated for high resistance to fatigue and microcracking by Resolution Performance Products (Houston, Texas). 2 0 obj 4:18 . In order to achieve this, researchers had to develop a new understanding of blade trajectory in blade-out scenarios. The following is a brief discussion of the current methods for manufacturing composite blades in order that the relation of material choice, design, and manufacturing method to fatigue life may be presented. Source: A&P TechnologyA fan case made from A&P's braided preform, showing the integral flanges and the profile formed on the capstan. The paper layers are positioned on two opposite faces of the foamed layer respectively. 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